Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide by Jill Hathaway
Review by Nadège Richards

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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.


Out of all the reviews I’ve written, I don’t think I’ve ever called the book a ‘startling read’. And I say this about SLIDE because that’s exactly what it is. I had so many expectations about this novel and what it would be like, and I feel Hathaway owned up to them in every way. But I was surprised when things went even further, combining both a nerve-wracking mystery and a supernatural element to create a story so extraordinary. The rawness of Hathaway’s writing style, her characters and all their depictions, wrapped me in this world so frightening, yet so hypnotizing that I was actually afraid to put the book down.

Vee Bell has a strange ability to slip into the minds of others at the least expected moments. She’s also narcoleptic, but when she passes out she doesn’t sleep like everyone think she does, she experiences the world through their eyes. She’s slid into her sister, her supposed ‘friend’, and even her father. But when she slips into an unknown body one October night and finds herself holding a bloody knife over Sophie’s body, she is the only one who can possibly know the truth.

What I enjoyed most about Vee’s character is that she has all the attributes of a cliché, but you never really get the hint. Nothing is ever overdone about her, so I think that’s what makes her so strong. And at the turning point of the novel where she starts to pull the pieces together about who the killer is, her transformation is slow, yet progressive. She doesn’t go from an average girl to Wonder Woman. Her relationships with other characters, especially Rollins, isn’t forced or dragged—it’s natural. Every character, in fact, has a certain shade to them that you can easily relate to and even though the book was a faster read then I anticipated, I savored every page.

The phrase on the cover of this book—Sometimes you can’t look away—gives me the chills. I’ve never been into the mystery genre so much as I am now, but I think it’s starting to warm up to me. I love the whole guessing factor, and it’s even more fascinating when the MC doesn’t know what’s going on either. You really get the feeling that you’re lost. But anyway, I strongly encourage you to put this on your list. I wouldn’t be babbling on like I am now if I didn’t. Secrets, lies, and danger—you just got to love a good mystery! 

4/5 Blue Monarchs 

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